Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, October 13, 1921

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Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, October 13, 1921


Letter from Alfred E. Stearns to Tsai Shou Kie, Tientsin, October 13, 1921


October 18, 1921

Mr.Tsai Shou Kie
5 Race Course Road
Tientsin, China

My dear Mr.Tsai:

You will be perhaps a bit surprised and a good bit interested, I am sure, to learn that Kuo Feng has just passed through the ordeal of an operation for appendicitis. The operation appears, I am glad to say, to have been wholly successful and the condition of the appendix removed was found to be such as to indicate clearly that the boy would doubles have faced serious complications from it in the near future if the matter had not been taken in hand at this time. Dr.Balch, the specialist who performed the operation, is one of the leading surgeons in Boston, and indeed in this country, and the one upon whom we regularly call I emergencies of this kind.

The youngster has not been feeling quite himself for a number of weeks; indeed once or twice last year he had several semi-attacks which undermined his strength and robbed him of some of usual vitality. It seems clear now that all of those troubles were undoubtedly the result of the troublesome appendix which has now been removed. I am sure that the boy will find himself in far better condition from now on than he was before the operation was performed. Of course just at present he is suffering with natural after-effects of an operation of this kid and for a day or two yet will doubtless be a bit uncomfortable. I have just come from the infirmary and find that he is feeling much more comfortable and happy this morning than was the case yesterday. The operation itself was performed two days ago. I shall, of course, advise you promptly if anything unfavorable in the situation should develop, though the doctor feels confident that there is no ground for apprehension on this score. I trust that you will approve of all that has been done. We have acted as we would have done in the case of any one of our boys similarly afflicted and in your absence the formal authority for the operation was granted by me.

I received a letter from Dr. Ferguson yesterday who tells me that there is some slight chance that I may have the privilege of seeing in this country again in the not distant future our mutual friend, Mr. L.T.Liang. Why can’t you join him, if the trip is decided upon? In view of the family connection, it does seem as if you were entitled to another glimpse of America with the consequent opportunity to renew old friendships and establish new ones. I can assure you that a hearty welcome will await you.

Very sincerely yours.


Alfred E. Stearns


Phillips Academy


October 13, 1921


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